Definition of write in English:

write

Syllabification: write
Pronunciation: /rīt
 
/

verb (past wrote /rōt/; past participle written /ˈritn/)

[with object]
1Mark (letters, words, or other symbols) on a surface, typically paper, with a pen, pencil, or similar implement: he wrote his name on the paper Alice wrote down the address [no object]: he wrote very neatly in blue ink
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  • If you don't have pieces of paper or placards, write these words on your hands and on your faces.
  • I folded a large piece of paper in half and wrote the words they told me on the left side.
  • In contrast to the full page of notebook paper the words were written on, what was said was short.
Synonyms
put in writing, write down, jot down, put down, note, take down, record, register, log, list;
inscribe, sign, scribble, scrawl, pencil
1.1 [no object] Have the ability to mark down coherent letters or words: he couldn’t read or write
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  • A stroke can affect your ability to read and write and even if you can talk, sometimes the words don't come out in the correct order.
  • Thereafter, lacking the ability to read and write, they were unable to cope with an education that assumed the existence of these skills.
  • It is clear that higher education is a sector predicated upon the ability to read and write accurately.
1.2Fill out or complete (a sheet, check, or similar) in this way: he had to write a check for $800
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  • My mother has never paid a bill, written a cheque or drawn money from the bank in her life.
  • If you pay on a normal credit bill and write a cheque or pay by giro, you can save up to a maximum of 13 per cent if you change to direct debit.
  • I was invited to sit down and was immediately told who to write my cheque out to with a laminated sheet of details and conditions.
1.3 [no object] Write in a cursive hand, as opposed to printing individual letters.
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  • It was a small white envelope, his address written with golden cursive penmanship.
  • I picked it up and was mildly surprised to see my name written in perfect cursive across the front.
  • It was complete with a neon sign of a sliver of a moon, with the name written in glowing blue cursive over it.
2Compose, write, and send (a letter) to someone: I wrote a letter to Alison [with two objects]: I wrote him a short letter [no object]: he wrote almost every day
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  • I wrote to him just to say what a great job he was doing and how proud to be a New Zealander he made me, and he took the trouble to write a lovely letter back.
  • He wrote letters and he sent them through a talk show producer and asked the talk show producer to get it to a family member.
  • So I wrote the letter and sent it that evening before I went to bed.
Synonyms
correspond, write a letter, communicate, get/stay in touch, keep in contact, email
2.1chiefly North American Write and send a letter to (someone): Mother wrote me and told me about poor Simon’s death
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  • Shortly after that visit home, she wrote me to ask if she could borrow $250.
  • We met because I took out her best friend, and she wrote me to tease me about it.
  • Next morning he wrote her to come.
2.2 (write in) Write to an organization, especially a broadcasting station, with a question, suggestion, or opinion: write in with your query
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  • As regards the framing, lots of people wrote in with similar suggestions.
  • A meeting was held at the school and parents were invited to write in with suggestions for alternative names.
  • After each new edition, hundreds write in with suggestions and the occasional correction.
3Compose (a text or work) for written or printed reproduction or publication; put into literary form and set down in writing: I didn’t know you wrote poetry [no object]: he wrote under a pseudonym he had written about the beauty of Andalucia
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  • I'm the only president whose ever written a novel and I've written a book of poetry in the past as well.
  • We know he was interested in American literature, for he wrote an essay each on Whitman and Thoreau.
  • He literally wrote a book on the subject, shortly after his second daughter, Justine, was born.
Synonyms
compose, draft, think up, formulate, compile, pen, dash off, produce
3.1Compose (a musical work): he has written a song specifically for her
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  • There are some wonderful musical works written by composers who were perhaps not so great as people.
  • Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children.
  • He's already scheduled to begin writing his own musical with a local composer.
3.2 (write someone into/out of) Add or remove a character to or from (a long-running story or series).
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  • He added, ‘I'm starting to think they want to write me out of the series for next season.'
  • Would you like me to write you out of the story altogether?
  • It meant he had to wrack his brains over how to write Jeff out of the story - he was, after all, Steve's best mate.
3.3 archaic Describe in writing: if I could write the beauty of your eyes
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  • Write with the knowledge of death on your shoulder, write the beauty of the red leafed begonia, remember winter, write with compassion.
  • To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry.
  • If all the water of the oceans became ink, it will not be enough to write the Greatness of Allah.
4 Computing Enter (data) into a specified storage medium or location in store.
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  • Details are written to a file named after the IP address of the Ethernet on each ARM.
  • Every time a host application writes a transaction to the local disk storage subsystem, a data protection appliance writes it in parallel to the local compatible appliance.
  • The application can seek, read, an write bytes to the stream as it is a local file.
5Underwrite (an insurance policy).
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  • The doctors found that no established insurer would write them a policy - at any price.
  • Our policies had been extended for two months because the insurance company employee who wrote them had gone on vacation.
  • We only have five malpractice insurance companies writing policies in northeast Ohio.

Origin

Old English wrītan 'score, form (letters) by carving, write', of Germanic origin; related to German reissen 'sketch, drag'.

Phrases

be nothing to write home about

informal Be very mediocre or unexceptional.
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  • The coral cover was nothing to write home about and the usual reef fish-life seemed poor.
  • Alas, most of the food is nothing to write home about: the salad dressing is quite bland, the shrimps are fresh though boring, and, incredibly, garlic is nowhere to be found.
  • It got mediocre but promising ratings in the first season - nothing to write home about, but enough to warrant a second season.

be (or have something) written all over one (or one's face)

informal Used to convey that the presence of a particular quality or feeling is clearly revealed by a person’s expression: guilt was written all over his face
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  • Four of the five goals had quality written all over them, several of the points were also out of the top drawer, and there were several individual performances on both sides that further embellished this magnificent game.
  • She started running, panic clearly written all over her face.
  • Vicky spoke out, excitement clearly written all over her face.

be written in stone

see stone.

(and) that's all she wrote

North American informal Used to convey that there is or was nothing more to be said about a matter: we were arguing about who should pay the bill, but he pulled out a couple of hundreds and that’s all she wrote
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  • Someone pops a vial and pour it into a cocktail and that's the end of the story, that's all she wrote.
  • A couple of pizzas and some cold beers and that's all she wrote.
  • ‘The Hurt of It All ‘voices the poet's farewell, saying ‘that's all she wrote.’

Phrasal verbs

write something down

1Reduce the nominal value of stock or goods.
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  • The stocks had been written down and a book profit was realisable.
  • As a result, over $82 million of borrowings were written down to $20 million and the company will be able to keep going for another bit.
  • How far those assets have been written down over the years, no one knows.
2Write as if for those considered inferior.

write someone in

chiefly US (When voting) add the name of someone not on the original list of candidates and vote for them.
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  • The Chronicle and several other local papers exposed the plan after an 18-year old was recruited to run, but then changed his mind when he found out that he had been written in as a Democratic candidate.
  • I shook his hand just before the primary up here and told him I was a registered Republican and I was writing him in on my ballot.
  • Even though his name wasn't on the ballot, he was written in by nearly half of the voters.

write something off

1 (write someone/something off) Dismiss someone or something as insignificant: the boy had been written off as a nonachiever
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  • But the boys were up for it, mainly because we had been written off and it was the last chance to win anything.
  • No-one gave us a chance and when we were five points down at half-time everyone wrote us off but the team went out in the second half and won by five.
  • The football world wrote us off as another lower league casualty, but we did not give up.
2Cancel the record of a bad debt; acknowledge the loss of or failure to recover an asset: he urged the banks to write off debt owed by poorer countries
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  • Rather than report it as fraud, they simply write it off as a bad debt.
  • Some debts are written off, although creditors are reluctant to do so.
  • The essential problem is that as fast as bad debts are written off new ones are created by the deflationary contraction in the economy.

write something up

1Write a full or formal account of something: I was too tired to write up my notes
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  • If you see a major or even minor local event, write it up and send your account, along with any pictures you capture on your mobile phone or digital camera.
  • The journalist in The Chronicle wrote them up today and reported on inconsistency over several visits.
  • Stacey also argues that, when the research is written up, it is the feminist ethnographer's interpretations and judgements that come through and that have authority.
1.1Make entries to bring a diary or similar record up to date: he wrote up a work journal which has never been published
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  • His recollections were written up in a diary which has been kept by his daughter Mary.
  • And what I did was collect the stories during the daytime and I wrote them up on the lap-top in the evening.
  • Field notes from home visits were written up after leaving the site.
2Increase the nominal value of stock or goods.
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  • At a pen's stroke he wrote up the value of the patent to a flat $1000000.
  • You don't have to issue a quarterly balance sheet and you never "wrote up" the value of your asset in the first place.
  • The company paid more than book value and wrote up the value of the assets in these transactions.

Derivatives

writable

adjective
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  • So the ‘old’ idea of combining read-only and writable sectors has resurfaced to facilitate the rise of e-books, but now it benefits from the new reality that practically every computer has a CD-ROM reader.
  • To burn a DVD, you'll need a writable DVD drive, but the miniDVD is essentially DVD-formatted video on a standard CD-R disc that plays only on a computer.
  • In this aggressive environment, optical technology is proving its value as a high-capacity, long data life, random-access writable technology.

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